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Resources to assist school library media coordinators in communicating that school libraries make a difference to students.
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Are School Libraries Becoming Obsolete?

"I think as long as I help teachers and students link information and media to the curriculum and be a resource where people can go for expertise, librarians as information experts will be more relevant than ever, in the library or in classrooms."

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Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts » Blog Archive » Ten Reasons a School Librarian is VITAL

Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts » Blog Archive » Ten Reasons a School Librarian is VITAL | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The role of the library and the librarian is much more than physical space and books. We are instructional partners, collaborators, research and information specialists, and we strive to ensure our students are getting their needs met by educating the school community on best practice in terms of instruction AND resources/collection development. Collection development now includes pulling together path finders of online resources. We are the Google of our schools."

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How Essential Are School Librarians?

How Essential Are School Librarians? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"School librarians in California are being forced to defend the continued viability of their trade, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. According to the piece, the California Department of Education recently documented that there are now 900 school librarians in the state—down from 1,100 two years ago. And only one out of four schools in California has a credentialed librarian."

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Advocacy & Issues | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Advocacy & Issues | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Information and resources from AASL.

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Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy Toolkit for School Librarians

Survive and Thrive! An Advocacy Toolkit for School Librarians | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"It's time for school librarians to step out and enlighten their communities about
all the ways their libraries impact students’ education."

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I Love Libraries

This is the American Library Association's (ALA's) website for the public, designed to keep America informed about what's happening in today's libraries, which are found in public, school, academic, corporate and institutional settings.

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Library Research Service| Research And Statistics About Libraries

Library Research Service| Research And Statistics About Libraries | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The Library Research Service generates library statistics and research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media. LRS reports and analyzes statistics on school, public, and academic libraries, and conducts studies on major library issues that are reported in the Fast Facts and Closer Look series. Topics of continuing interest to the LRS and its clients are the impact of school librarians on student achievement, public libraries and the use of web technologies, and the changing library workforce."

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10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians

10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Much has been written about the role of Teacher Librarians in our schools.   Sadly though, much of it is lamentations about the decreasing numbers of Teacher Librarians manning our school librari...

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Read Beyond the Lines: Transmedia has changed the very notion of books and reading — The Digital Shift

Read Beyond the Lines: Transmedia has changed the very notion of books and reading — The Digital Shift | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

“I’ve heard the same statement in one form or another from hundreds of different teachers and librarians when they talk about the emergence of multimedia books: kids who weren’t reading are reading again. They’re coming back.”


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School Library Monthly Blog » Blog Archive » Getting Nudged by Common Core … and Nudging Back

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Most Important Skills for 21st-Century Students

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The ability to think critically and analyze information is the most important skill 21-century-post-secondary students should learn, according to respondents. Those skill outpaced the more traditionally valued interpersonal skills, such as leadership, productivity, and accountability, collaboration.

 


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What a School Librarian Can Do For You

Attn: Classroom teachers - If you are in the trenches doing the job, you already know this. You’ve got lessons to plan, individualized instruction to prepare, data to record, and attendance at the various PLC meetings that are supposed to help you get better at doing all of it. Where is there time in all of this to learn new technology to integrate into your classrooms?

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Let's Make Information Literacy a Priority: A Librarian Speaks Out | Edutopia

Let's Make Information Literacy a Priority: A Librarian Speaks Out | Edutopia | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
An LMS suggests that information literacy is a key 21st century skill in an increasingly info-overloaded society, and that librarians should be the last (not the first) to be cut.

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Should Librarians Count as Teachers?

Should Librarians Count as Teachers? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The Los Angeles Unified School District, which has made headlines lately because of its plans to lay off thousands of teachers, also intends to cut 85 school librarian positions. Bill Chappell of NPR reports that the librarians "have been told that they no longer count as teachers," and that "the change in classification would make it easier for the school district to cut the jobs."

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In Some U.S. Schools, Librarians Are No Longer Saying, 'Shh!'

In Some U.S. Schools, Librarians Are No Longer Saying, 'Shh!' | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
A Georgia school librarian adjusts her role by enhancing lessons and projects for students with the use of digital technology.
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Libraries in the News: The role of school libraries in learning ...

Libraries in the News: The role of school libraries in learning ... | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"What does a great school library look like? In “One Common Goal: Student Learning,” Rutgers University researchers Ross Todd, Carol Gordon, and Ya-Ling Lu present vital information about effective school libraries, with compelling evidence about how they contribute to their schools’ learning agendas."


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School Library Monthly - Creating a Districtwide Advocacy Plan, Part 1: Vision and Voice

There has never been a more critical time for all advocates of the school library community to work together toward one common goal: the preservation, advancement, and strengthening of the school library program.
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School Library Monthly - Creating a Districtwide Advocacy Plan, Part 2: Visibility and Vigilance

The focus of Part 2 of this two-part article is on the importance of visibility and the vigilance necessary to ensure continued district and community support for a strong school library program.
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From Teacher-Librarian to Digital Literacy Impresarios | innovative learning designs

From Teacher-Librarian to Digital Literacy Impresarios | innovative learning designs | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

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School Library Monthly - Common Core and School Librarians

School librarians have to speak the same language and have the same learning goals as classroom teachers. Everyone in the school must focus their energy on the achievement of the Common Core Standards (CSS).
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The future of school libraries | edustir

The future of school libraries | edustir | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
The future of school libraries. So this came up via Twitter when a friend mentions her local school bought Kindles and Nooks for the students and thought this was a bad idea. Her legitimate concern? What happens to libraries ...

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Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW! | The Daring Librarian

Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW! | The Daring Librarian | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
children grow and become better readers, learners, and evaluators of information? California is woefully underfunded in this and some estimates take us now to 6000 students or more for every one qualified school librarian.

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The Candid Librarian: Advocacy

The Candid Librarian: Advocacy | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
But is that really advocacy? I think it is, because I tend to believe that if you have a program that others in your school see as valuable, than you are advocating for yourself. Your program should speak for itself.

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